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Noun: tug-of-war (tugs-of-war)  ,túg-uv'wor
  1. Any hard struggle between equally matched groups
  2. A contest in which teams pull of opposite ends of a rope; the team dragged across a central line loses

Derived forms: tugs-of-war

Type of: athletic competition, athletic contest, athletics, battle, conflict, struggle

Encyclopedia: Tug-of-war